This last week we started learning about the chakras. There are 7 major ones that run along the spine. The first one is the root chakra or Muladhara. It is located at the base of the spine, and usually has a red to brown color.
Muladhara is associated with the Earth element, survival, grounding, instincts, the sense of self, and belonging.
When this chakra is balanced one can experience bowel regularity, a strong lower back, endurance, acceptance, calmness, security, and stability. When it is out of balance one can experience knee problems, weight issues, constipation, sciatica, rigidity, resentment, insecurity, panic, fear, feeling unsupported or ungrounded.
If one is feeling unbalance here, he or she can work on becoming more balanced through meditation, asana (yoga poses), pranayama (breath), chanting, mandala focus (visual), and exercise.
Through meditation, one would focus on grounding and rooting. With pranayama, one might focus on the breath and extend the length of exhalation. The mandala to focus on would be the image provided above (link). Chanting would use the word Lam. Different types of exercise or activity might include stomping, kicking, jumping, running, sleeping, and being with nature.
Finally, the yoga poses one might use include bridge, locust, head to knee, table, yogic squat, and corpse pose. Anything that might provide rooting or grounding. Balance poses might seem counter-intuitive, but they are great for this as well, as one has to root into the earth to remain stable.